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Fabulous Flea Market

Yesterday after my two daughter’s soccer games, we headed to the Goat Hill Farm Fair. It was a beautiful, sunny, warm day and the drive on Highway 17 was gorgeous! My daughter’s complained the whole time about wanting to go home but once they got there they fell in love. This is the second time the fair has been held and they have another planned for mid-September. The biannual Goat Hill Fair, has select artists and craftspeople offering their wares on an idyllic 11-acre ranch in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The vendors sold everything from repurposed jewelry and embellished handbags to French antiques and primitive art. The setting is beautiful and the artists arrange their items all around the farm–even using the shaded porch. My daughters both got great ideas for jewelry and immediately came home and started on their “junk” necklaces with some of the items they purchased. We also got some really cute rings that we all wore today. I highly recommend trying to attend the next show in September if you are in the area and be sure to check the website for the vendor listings they often are at other fairs or flea markets....

before and after: rocking chair

When I graduated from college and moved out on my own (a really long time ago!) my mom bought me an antique armoire for my bedroom. I decided several years ago to paint it white and loved how it turned out. I also had an antique rocking chair that I recently decided to reupholster and paint white. Most everyone knows that I do not sew! The nice thing about reupholstering chairs is that you only have to be good with a staple gun, which I think anyone can handle! I only needed a small amount of fabric and the nice thing about this chair is that I can change the fabric often since it is easy to do. I sanded down the chair and wiped away the dust. I used a flat white paint (leftover from another project) and gave the chair two to three coats. After it had dried a few days, I took sand paper and just sanded all of the edges to let some of the wood underneath show through and give it a shabby chic feel. I may finish it off with a semi-gloss clear spray, but I haven’t decided on that yet. I am happy with the way it turned out and it was a pretty fast project, only a couple of hours total. I was able to easily squeeze it in to a Sunday...

decorating with white

I love the look of an all white room. Especially shabby chic and comfy with just a couple of pops of color, if any. This probably won’t happen at my house during my life time. With 3 kids, a husband, 2 dogs and a cat, I’m lucky if I can get the chocolate milk stain out of the carpet. I am not a huge fan of the modern look but cement flooring does have its appeal. This year I replaced both my family room and living room couches. During my younger (more stupid) days, I decided to get light (mostly white) slip covered couches. I thought wow how great I can pop them into the wash whenever they get dirty. Which I didn’t realize would be daily! I finally broke down and got a brown leather couch for the family room and a taupe chenille couch for the living room. I’ve always avoided leather because I don’t think it is quite as comfortable, but I do have to say it was a great choice. It never gets dirty, ever! My only issue is that pillows and throw blankets always slip off. My chenille couch in the living room hides the dirt and dog hair well. As most of my friends and family know, as soon as I win the lottery, I am going all white. I may have to buy the house next door for the rest of my family but my space will be awesome! And there will be a cute victorian playhouse/office in the backyard, no kids allowed! And maybe a fairy garden since the dogs will...